shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

newark, Ma
Question by cndyshll21
April 14, 2010
I live on a hill of sand. Would like to know which shrubs will survive in sand and full sun?

Answer from NGA
April 14, 2010


A number of common shrubs withstand the dry conditions that come with sandy soil. Many of them -- such as Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergi), Siberian peashrub (Caragana arborescens), flowering quince (Chaenomeles lagenaria), gray dogwood (Cornus ragemosa), common smoketree (Cotinus coggygria), common witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana), privets (Ligustrum spp.) - have flowers and interesting or colorful fruits. Some ornamental vines also grow well in dry sites. These include trumpet vine (Campsis radicans), Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus), American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens), wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei), Baltic English ivy (Hedera helix baltica), trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), Hall's Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica halliana) and hardy grapes (Vitus spp.). Best wishes with your landscape!

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